November 28, 2014

Wireless Tether: A Love Story

wireless_tetherThis is more of a personal recommendation than it is an application review.  Anyone who does work on the go nowadays knows just how essential “all over” internet access is.  But wireless data-only plans are often expensive and require another piece or two of hardware, and their respective chargers that you have to manage.  With my new Google Voice account, PC Skype availability, and continuous e-mail connectivity, I almost need a mini-PBX to take with me.  That’s where Wireless Tether comes in.  This application has transformed my T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G into must-have devices far beyond their phone calling capabilities.

Actually, Wireless Tether’s name may be it’s biggest offense in that it does not tether in the traditional sense like I use to use with my BlackBerry Curve via Bluetooth.  When I used my Curve it was a one-to-one ratio, one BBerry to one PC and it was usually a Windows PC unless I was willing to get under the CLI (command line interface) hood on my Linux machines.  So while this setup was fine for a short burst of communication and albeit unreliable Bluetooth connectivity over EDGE, it cannot match Wireless Tether’s abilities.  The application lets you choose between two types of connectivity: Bluetooth and WiFi. I have only used the WiFi option but it lets you change SSID’s, create/change passphrases, change channels, and also notifies when you or anyone else connects and disconnects to your PAN (personal area network).

Wireless Tether basically converts the 3G signal of my phone into a WiFi frequency and in effect makes my phone a hotspot that can be used anywhere I can get a signal and shows up as just another wireless network.  I usually get 1mbps down when I test the speed so I cannot tell if there is any degradation of the signal as that is about what I get when I test it on my G1.  This application can only be loaded via your Android browser or as an .apk from your SDcard and requires root access to your device.  Bundled with T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan this app is an absolute savior for the Road Warrior Robot.

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  • http://eishonline.co.za roygbiv

    The catch is you need a rooted phone

    • Jim H

      I have read and read various root methods and EVERY one comes back to the problem of things like… my video camera won't work anymore, or.. careful with the SPL (Whatever that is) or you'll brick the phone… I am a 25 year computer support person and afraid of nothing, and this one… to many steps, to dangerous… I will wait for walkinghostspot.com or a one step root that works.

  • http://www.remotedroid.net Josh

    The BIG advantage to android wifi tether is that it works with everything, OSX to Windows. I've even used it to connect my iPod touch, and my girlfriend's iPhone when AT&T crapped out.

  • Shaun

    This program seems quite awesome, my phone is the htc hero
    kernal version:
    2.6.27-533ce29d
    htc-kernel@and18-2 )

    I read the tutorial I cant tell which version this is can it be rooted?

    "which is incredibly easy and offers a dozen advantages over stock builds"

    What are some of the other advantages?

    Thanks,
    Shaun

    • Matt

      Well, I saw "a dozen," but they can be boiled down to a few good reasons, as most of them are due to speed. There are several speed enhancements that are made with the Cyanogen rom that are, IMO, the only things that make my G1 usable. Otherwise it's just a slow mess.

      Related to speed, but slightly different, is the ability to move your apps to the SD card. This frees up internal memory that the OS can use, and makes it possible to store WAY more apps on your phone. Before I rooted, I was definitely running out of space on my phone for apps. I'd hit the limit all the time, especially given that apps like Steel and Quickpedia take up additional memory for caching. Now I can install as many apps as I want.

      • http://twitter.com/herrensam @herrensam

        Agreed. Matt hit the most salient reasons for rooting an Android phone…not to mention it's fun. ;-)

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kkiran Kiran

    Interestingly enough, the SSID created by one Android device cannot be seen by another Android device.

    I used HTC Hero to create an SSID using WiFI Tether. Both my G1 and Nexus One fail to see the SSID created but my iPhone can.

    Can you please help me?

  • Matt

    I wish I could. I've noticed this myself. My ZuneHD can't see the SSID either.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kkiran Kiran

    Hmmm, interesting. My Macbook can see the SSID, my iPhone can but not the G1 nor the Zune :( I contacted the developer, hope they can do something!

  • Dave

    Actually you can pretty much accomplish the same thing (setting up your phone as a wireless hot spot) by connecting your laptop to your phone via PDA net and then putting your laptop's wireless in ad hoc mode and sharing your laptop's connection to PDA net. Yes its a bit of a pain and nowhere near as convenient as just setting up the phone directly as a wireless hotspot, but it will get you where you need to go in a pinch.

  • Brandon

    If I tether my droid would it give me enough of a WiFI hotspot to play online games with my wireless PS3??

  • http://blogs.silmaril.ie/peter Peter Flynn

    This is exactly what I am looking for, but I haven’t yet found any reliable information about how to root my Hero. All the pages talk about US providers and US solutions and US requirements which don’t apply (I’m in Ireland). Rooting it seems to imply replacing the image, a little like reflashing, but I cannot find any information on where to find or how to choose an image, or how to verify (=trust) one. If anyone has pointers to this, I’d be grateful; until then, this remains a dream.